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COVID-19 Vaccination: Here’s How Booster Doses Are Being Given In Different States, UTs

India began administering booster dose today and as of 6pm, over 9.36 lakh ‘precaution doses’ have been given to the eligible population

COVID-19 Vaccination: Here’s How Booster Doses Are Being Given In Different States, UTs
The third dose or booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is being called precaution dose in India
Highlights
  • Healthcare and frontline workers and senior citizens can take booster dose
  • The third dose being given is of the same vaccine as first two doses
  • A gap of nine months is needed between the second and third dose

New Delhi: On December 25, 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the rollout of the ‘precaution dose’ of COVID-19 vaccines for healthcare and frontline workers and senior citizens with comorbidities starting January 10. Importantly, the eligibility of such beneficiaries for the precaution dose will be based on the date of administration of the second dose as recorded in the Co-WIN system. Those eligible for booster shots will, however, need to have a gap of 9 months or 39 weeks between the second and third dose of the COVID vaccine. The third dose of the COVID vaccine is being administered across vaccination centres in India starting today. As of 6pm, over 9.36 lakh ‘precaution doses’ have been administered to the eligible population.

Also Read: India Starts Administration Of Booster Doses To Healthcare, Frontline Workers, Senior Citizens: 10 Things To Know

Here’s How The States And Union Territories Are Providing A Booster Dose Amid COVID Surge

Assam

Assam has launched the precautionary COVID-19 vaccine dose from today. The state has 5.77 lakh co-morbid population in 60+ age group, 2.18 healthcare workers and 4.43 lakh frontline workers eligible for this precautionary dose. NDTV’s Ratnadip Choudhury spoke to Dr Abhijit Sarma, Medical Superintendent, Gauhati Medical College and Hospital who said that they are well prepared to administer the third dose and people are turning up in good numbers.

We are feeling very good about it. We got an SMS about the third dose yesterday and we felt, we are very fortunate that things are so streamlined. I called up my doctor here who asked me to come in the morning and take the third dose. Everybody is very happy about it and so is my husband, said one of the beneficiaries.

Delhi

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the national capital Delhi, a third or precaution dose was rolled out for people aged 60 or more, healthcare workers and frontline workers who took their second dose of vaccine nine months ago. Around three lakh such people have become eligible for the third dose, reported news agency PTI.

Also Read: Decision on Booster Dose Timely, Says IMA’s General Secretary On Rising Omicron Cases: 5 Points

News agency ANI spoke to some of the beneficiaries who showed enthusiasm on getting the precaution dose. Mahendra Pandey, a beneficiary at RML Hospital said,

On March 30, I received my second dose of covaxin. Today I have got a booster dose. It is a good initiative of the government to give booster doses to the frontline workers and senior citizens with comorbidities especially at a time when there is a third wave of COVID. In such a situation, it will work as a shield to senior citizens and we welcome the government’s decison wholeheartedly. My mother-in-law and I came to take the booster dose and we both didn’t face any problem after the vaccination. It will provide immunity to us.

Kamla Joshi, another beneficiary at RML hospital said, “Today I have received my booster dose. It is a great move. We welcome this move. I am above 80 years old and I didn’t face any problem after getting my dose.”

We all need to take vaccines so that the spread of infection decreases. I have got the Covishield vaccine. But anyone can take any vaccine. Both Covishield or Covaxin are equally effective. There are slight chances of getting a fever after vaccination. But it doesn’t mean that we get scared and do not take the vaccination. Frontline workers should take this dose as they are exposed constantly, said Dr Piyush Ranjan, a healthcare worker as well as a beneficiary at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

A drive through COVID ‘precaution dose’ was organised at Moolchand Hospital in the city.

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Also Read: Over 150 Crore Covid Vaccine Doses Administered In India: Centre

Karnataka

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai launched the rollout of ‘Precaution dose’ vaccination for healthcare workers, frontline workers and persons aged above 60 with co-morbidities at Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical College in Bengaluru. Sharing some pictures from the drive, he wrote, “To secure the lives of our Covid warriors & those with co-morbidities, we have started administering booster doses of the vaccine from today. I urge all our eligible citizens to arm themselves against #Covid19 and its variants and help save live.”

In another tweet, CM Bommai informed that the precaution dose will benefit 6 lakh health workers, 7 lakh frontline workers and 8 lakh people with co-morbidities.

Also Read: Over 90% Of India’s Eligible Population Has Received A Dose Of Covid Vaccine: PM Modi

Jammu And Kashmir

Amid snow and cold, Jammu and Kashmir rolled out booster doses for senior citizens, health care and frontline workers. There are nearly seven lakh beneficiaries including four lakh health and frontline workers across Jammu and Kashmir who will be given the precautionary dose. Vaccinators say they will start door-to-door vaccination for senior citizens with comorbidities who cannot make it to the vaccination centres due to the cold.

The heavy snowfall in Kashmir has disrupted the normal lives of people. Amid that, stepping out for vaccination can be a challenge for people. NDTV visited a vaccination centre in Srinagar and spoke to Dr Mushtfaq about the arrangements made for administering booster doses to the eligible population. He said,

We have made elaborate arrangements including heating arrangements. We will ensure people come and take the third dose and those who cannot come; we will go door-to-door and vaccinate them.

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Mumbai

At least 1.90 lakh beneficiaries are eligible for a booster shot or the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Mumbai. Of 1.90 lakh, 89,000 are healthcare workers and 83,000 are frontline workers. For the same, over 350 vaccination centres have been set up by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). As per BMS, by January-end, another 2.33 lakh will be able to take their booster shot. NDTV’s Saurabh Gupta spoke to Dr Rajesh Dere, Dean, BKC Jumbo Centre, the largest vaccination centre in Mumbai. Dr Dere shared how they are ensuring social distancing at the centre and said,

There is no waiting queue for people aged over 60. We have arranged for 20 wheel chairs along with patient care assistants. A separate waiting room has been created for senior citizens.

Gujarat

The Gujarat Health Department on Monday (January 10) started administering the precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccine to frontline and healthcare workers as well as co-morbid people aged 60 and above, with an aim to cover nine lakh eligible people. Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel was present at an urban health centre in the state capital Gandhinagar during the commencement of the drive, as per a release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office.

Approximately nine lakh eligible people will be administered the precaution doses at around 3,500 vaccination centres where more than 17,000 health workers would be engaged for the purpose, the release said.

Also Read: Omicron Should Not Be Categorised As ‘Mild’, It Is Hospitalizing And Killing People: WHO Chief

Tamil Nadu

With a steep rise in coronavirus positive cases and the highly transmissible Omicron variant, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin launched the precaution dose in the state. As reported by a news agency Press Trust of India (PTI), as on January 6, 2022, 8.60 crore beneficiaries have been vaccinated with both Covishield and Covaxin. Of them, 5.05 crore (87.27 per cent) received the first dose while 3.55 crore (61.31 per cent) got the second dose. In addition, 18.18 lakh children, mostly school students, in the 15 to 18 years age group have also been administered the jabs, according to Dr T S Selvavinayagam, Director of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, here.

Madhya Pradesh

In Madhya Pradesh, for administration of the precaution dose of COVID-19, a special camp for healthcare and frontline workers was organised at the collector’s office in the state capital Bhopal. Collector Avinash Lavania and Inspector General (Bhopal rural) Irshad Wali were among those who took the precaution dose at the camp, as reported by PTI.

The drive to administer the precaution doses to eligible people was also going on at the Pandit Khushilal Sharma Government Ayurveda College in Bhopal, as well as other places across the state.

Meanwhile, since the beginning of the vaccination drive in the country in January last year, Madhya Pradesh has so far administered 10.56 crore doses.

Also Read: Social Distancing And Masking Is The Essence Of Getting Over The Omicron: Expert

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